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Danube Impressions, guided

Passau - Vienna - Passau, Danube Cyclepath


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Empress Sisi’s Danube
It was in Passau that Sisi began her journey along the Danube as a young bride to Vienna, where she was eagerly awaited by her Emperor Franz. Follow in the footsteps of the Austrian empress by bicycle and on a nostalgia ship as you discover breathtakingly beautiful river scenery with small sleepy villages, castles and palaces set in gorgeous countryside and enjoy warm Austrian hospitality at every stage of your cycling tour.
The region is a gourmand’s paradise and famous for its cakes, pastries and other irresistible culinary treats. After Wiener Schnitzel, Sachertorte and apricot dumplings it’ll be much easier to burn up the miles…
Wines from the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Landscape Wachau enjoy an international reputation, Linz, the capital of Upper Austria is home to the biggest church in Austria. And then there’s Vienna… Enchanting, charming and perhaps slightly eccentric, the City of Waltz will capture your heart in an instant. Magnificent buildings from the imperial age bear witness to the impressive history of times gone by.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 1
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 40 km, average per day
  • Passau, the Bavarian city of 3 rivers
  • The "Great Loop" / Schlögener Donauschlinge
  • National park 'Donauauen'
  • The World Cultural Heritage Site Wachau
  • The cosmopolitan cities of Vienna and Bratislava

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Thursday: Passau

Boarding time is at 4 p.m. The “Bishop City,” close to the Bavarian/Austrian border, is also known as the “City of three Rivers.” Use your free time and stroll through the old charming centre, visit the world largest catholic church organ in the cathedral and enjoy the easy atmosphere of a typical Bavarian beer garden. At 6.30 p.m. cast off! Your vacation starts with a cruise through the romantic Danube Valley.

Day 2

Friday: Engelhartszell - Brandstatt


Breathe in the fragrance of the dense forest and freshly mown meadows. Explore the pristine countryside of the Upper Danube valley on the former towpath as it runs past sleepy villages. Small, rustic inns at the edge of the trail invite you to linger, the aroma of fresh fish grilled according to tradition on a stick wafts through the air. The Schlögener Blick observation point offers a truly stunning view of the Schlögener Schlinge where the Danube carves its way through a gorge and doubles back on itself.

Day 3

Saturday: Brandstatt - Linz


Catch some fresh country air again – at lunch time, you’ll reach the Upper Austrian capital of Linz. Discover the European Capital of Culture 2009 on a bright yellow miniature train (optional). The cathedral is the biggest church in Austria, the Pöstlingbergbahn the steepest adhesion railway in the world. Are you curious about the future? At the ARS Electronica Museum you can try out some of the most impressive examples of modern technology for yourself. Make sure you don’t miss it!

Day 4

Sunday: Mauthausen - Grein


A beautiful and varied route lies ahead of you as you explore the idyllic hinterland of the Strudengau by bike: the Celtic Village of Mitterkirchen, the Baroque monastery of Baumgartenberg and the romantic ruins of Burg Clam castle. Then it’s time to enjoy the little medieval town of Grein with its Baroque facades, imposing castle and the oldest municipal theatre in Austria. After a romantic journey sailing past towns and villages full of twinkling lights, you arrive – just like Sisi did way back then – in the City of Waltz early in the morning.

Day 5

Monday: Vienna (day of rest)

On a city tour of Vienna all the sights are within reach from the saddle of your bike or on the HOP ON HOP OFF bus (optional). The magnificent Ringstraße will remind you of times long past and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries, while the Naschmarket market is a feast for all the senses. End the evening on a magical note with a concert of waltz and classical operetta music in Sisi’s summer residence (optional).

Day 6

Tuesday: Wachau Valley round trip


An unforgettable day in the picturesque Wachau. Cycle through delightful wine-growing villages surrounded by terraced vineyards and apricot trees. The charming little town of Dürnstein with its narrow lanes is an absolute highlight. In Weißenkirchen – the most important wine-growing village in the World Cultural Heritage Landscape – you can discover the first rate famous Wachau wines.

Day 7

Wednesday: Weißenkirchen - Pöchlarn


Enjoy this stage of your cycling holiday passing through the wild and romantic scenery along the mighty Danube with its rustic wine-growing villages set amongst the vineyards. In Spitz, situated on the “1000-Eimer Berg”, take the ferry to the sleepy southern bank of the river and after a leisurely ride reach the imposing Benedictine Abbey of Melk, one of the loveliest Baroque ensembles in Europe. Having passed the town of Pöchlarn, which featured in the
Nibelungen saga, settle down to enjoy the stunning views of the rugged and romantic Nibelungengau.

Day 8

Thursday: Passau

Enjoy the first rays of sun and the early morning tranquility one last time from the deck of the ship before you reach Passau, your heart bursting with memories.
Disembarkation: approx. 9 a.m. We recommend that you do not make any arrangements for onward trains departing before 10.30 a.m. To be on the safe side, later departure times would be even better.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
6/4/2020 - 6/11/2020 Limited Passau Theodor Körner Comfort Plus Book now
7/9/2020 - 7/16/2020 Limited Passau Theodor Körner Comfort Plus Book now
9/3/2020 - 9/10/2020 Available Passau Theodor Körner Comfort Plus Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
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Theodor Körner Main deck: 2-berth cabin ECO, bunk bed departure in July € 1698,- free of charge 50% reduction
Theodor Körner Main deck: 2-berth cabin ECO, bunk bed, departure in June + Sept. € 1798,- free of charge 50% reduction
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Theodor Körner Main deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds, departure in July € 1818,- free of charge 50% reduction
Theodor Körner Main deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds, departure in June + Sept. € 1918,- free of charge 50% reduction
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Theodor Körner Upper deck: 2-berth cabin ECO, bunk bed, departure in July € 1898,- free of charge 50% reduction
Theodor Körner Upper deck: 2-berth cabin ECO, bunk bed, departure in June + Sept. € 1998,- free of charge 50% reduction
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Theodor Körner Upper deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds, departure in July € 2098,- free of charge 50% reduction
Theodor Körner Upper deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds, departure in June + Sept. € 2198,- free of charge 50% reduction
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Theodor Körner Upper deck: Junior Suite with queen size bed, departure in July € 2438,- free of charge 50% reduction
Theodor Körner Upper deck: Junior Suite with queen size bed, departure in June + Sept. € 2538,- free of charge 50% reduction
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Theodor Körner Promenade deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds, departure in July € 2178,- free of charge 50% reduction
Theodor Körner Promenade deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds, departure in June + Sept. € 2278,- free of charge 50% reduction
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Theodor Körner Promenade deck: Junior Suite with queen size bed, May+August € 2438,- free of charge 50% reduction
Theodor Körner Promenade deck: Junior Suite with queen size bed, June+July+September € 2538,- free of charge 50% reduction
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Theodor Körner Collective transfer from/to Munich airport, one-way per person € 69,- 0 0
Theodor Körner Collective transfer from/to Munich airport, round trip per person € 119,- 0 0
Theodor Körner Private transfer from/to Munich airport, one-way, max. 8 people € 270,- 0 0
Theodor Körner Private transfer from/to Munich city centre, one-way, max. 8 people € 310,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Bringing own bike €25
21-speed Unisex hybrid bike 21-speed Unisex hybrid bike €75
E-Bike Unisex E-Bike Unisex €175
Bike helmet Bike helmet reserve and pay locally €29


  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air-conditioning
  • Season supplement
  • Passenger-/port taxes
  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • Captains greeting and Welcome cocktail
  • Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
  • Full board PLUS: breakfast buffet, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists), afternoon coffee break, dinner incl. house wine, draught beer and soft drinks (2/3 dishes to choose from)
  • Cycling tour guide
  • Gala-dinner with farewell cocktail
  • Farewell-Crew-Show & Daily live-music
  • Cruise director on board
  • Daily information meeting
  • Detailed roadbook per cabin
  • Ferry rides
  • Rental helmet (adults only)

Not included

  • € 20,- reservation charges
  • Bike insurance, can be booked and paid on-spot
  • Cabin for single occupancy: supplement of 50% (ECO or 2-berth cabin)
  • Transfer to/from Passau
  • Ferry
  • Excursion program, can be booked on board only (see under ‘Special details’ )
  • Personal insurance/ Cancellation insurance (optional)
  • Other drinks
  • Admission charges

Special details

  • This tour will be operated by our local partner.
  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions.
  • The following optional excursions can be booked directly on board: (not included in the tour price):
  • Grein: Visit of Austria’s oldest theatre
  • Vienna: Sightseeing tour by bus or bike
  • Waltz & operetta concert at the Imperial Palace
  • Wachau: Wine tasting with a local wine grower
  • Minimum of participants: 50 people, from which a minimum of 8 people has booked the Guided Comfort Relax package (has to be reached at the latest 4 weeks before cruise start)
  • Guided Comfort Relax Package: 8 people (max. 22)
  • All mileages are approximate distances of recommended routes. Please be aware that the cabin storage space is very limited. In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges or in case breakdown of engine or power unit through no fault of shipping company or tour operator.
    Please be aware that a cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night. Especially passing locks and bridges – and the preparation work – may cause noise.

Arrival info

Thursday is the day of arrival. You can bring your luggage on board from 3 PM, but embarkation will not start earlier than 4 PM.
Passau has two different ship landing stages:
Passau-centre: Fritz-Schäffer-Promenade/Untere Donauländer
Lindau: just outside of Passau at the Franz-Weismann-Straße.
Your travel documents will inform you about the exact mooring place.


The nearest international airport to the embarkation point in Passau is  Munich Airport (MUC). Passau is reachable within about 2.5  hours by public transport from Munich. You also can book a shuttle transfer from Munich Airport to the barge. That ride takes about 1.5 hours. Prices: € 69,- per person one-way, € 119,-both directions. Waiting time max. 60 min. after check in at the transfer desk. A transfer from Munich city centre/train station to Passau:  €  40,- one-time surcharge (1-8 pers.).
A private minibus transfer also can be ordered. No waiting time at the airport. € 280,- one-way, € 560,- both directions (max. 8 passengers).


The nearest train station is Passau. The mooring place is located between 2 and 6 km (1.25 and 3.75 miles) from the station. You can take a taxi to the barge.


For short loading and unloading, you can directly drive to the landing stage. Short loading and unloading permitted.
In Passau there are several parking possibilities. There is a guarded parking in Passau (Globus Parking). This parking needs to be reserved in advance (detailed information will be included in your travel documents). Costs for this parking are between € 65,- and € 80,- for 7 nights. These costs include 2 transfers (parking-ship-parking). A transferbus will bring you near the ship. You have to walk the last meters (walking distance approx. 4-5 min.). Your luggage will be delivered separately by minibus.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What biking level is the Danube Impressions tour?

    The cycle route is completely flat, at times on a gentle downhill slope and is ideal for cyclists with less experience and for children. The tour is rated as easy and you cycle on mostly flat terrain.

  • How do I get from the airport to the destination place and is this transfer included?

    Our sales and information department can inform you on this manner. These transfers are usually not included (see the included section for each tour).

  • What insurances does Cycletours offer?

    Cancellation insurance (insurance company Unigarant)
    Holidays usually are reserved and paid weeks or even months in advance. If you need to cancel or abort the tour, that always leaves you with financial consequences. Therefore we recommend to arrange a cancellation insurance. This insurance reimburse cancellation costs due to a serious impediment such as an accident, illness or death of relatives in the 1st or 2nd degree.
    Cancellation insurance including  air flight:
    when paying 1% extra over the travel sum of your Bike & Barge tour + flight ticket, then the cancellation expense is insured should you need to cancel or should one of these components unexpectedly be cancelled. This on the condition that no alternative arrangement can be made, so the trip cannot be taken.

  • What is the average age of the participants?

    The ages vary between 35 and 75, but of course we have younger and older guests. During school vacations there are more children on board.

More questions

Price starting from € 849,- * * There are no extra's included in this price


Theodor Körner
Theodor Körner

About the barge Theodor Körner

This spacious, traditional ship completely redecorated in winter 2013/14 and offers a comfortable atmosphere in modern Art Deco style. Excellent service and attention to detail are the priority of the captain and crew who are looking forward to welcoming you on board. Your bike tour through various countries is also a culinary expedition through the diversity of national and regional cuisine. The ship offers a restaurant, a panorama bar with a dance floor, a salon with a sunny patio as well as a broad sun deck with comfortable deck chairs. Books and magazines from our library provide reading pleasure and parlour games offer all kinds of disport. After an eventful cycling day you will find relaxation in the infra-red sauna. In the evening a musician will perform for you to dance! The MV Theodor Körner also offers WIFI (payable on spot).

3 Passenger-decks:
Promenade deck + Upper deck (windows may be opened), Main deck (windows cannot be opened)

Cabin Plan

60 comfortable cabins (approx. 8 - 16 m²) with large picture windows, own bathrooms, flat-panel TV, hair dryer, mini-safe, air conditioning.
2-berth cabin-ECO: bunk bed (1 upper and 1 low bed, approx. 8-9 m²)
2-berth cabin: 2 single low beds (approx. 10-11 m²)
Junior Suite: Double bed, slightly more spacious (approx. 13-16 m²)
3-bed: in Junior-Suites (couch), 3-bed cabin on Promenade deck (bunk bed)

  • Offical name MS Theodor Körner
  • Length 87 m
  • Width 17 m
  • Capacity 135 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts



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